MADURAI: Even in this age of virtual reality, many children go to bed every night listening to stories of kings, queens, and demons from either their grandparents or parents.
This, however, has become a sort of declining trend which has a wider significance in understanding the moral values and enriching the language skills with honing the narrative aspects of the story line.
The Newspaper in Education programme held recently at St. Joseph’s Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Koodal Nagar, brought back these memories in a session which was part of the language skills module.
Students of Class VIII were busy trying to give a twist to the tales narrated by the resource person.
This interesting and simple exercise kept the students on their toes and each started competing with one another in bringing a twist to the tale.
Resource person K. P. Leenashree was narrating stories on the top of her voice and the characters seemed to come alive with voice modulations and facial expressions and actions.
She asked the students to run their imagination wild and come out with a twist in their story and a few students were too quick to come up with certain creative twists to the story. The famous Aesop’s Fables such as The Fox and the Grapes, Tortoise and the Hare and a couple of stories that were published in the Young World were narrated by the resource person for which the students came up with interesting twists.
At the end of the session, the students were told that daily reading of newspaper would do a world of good to students and imbue in them a genuine liking for the language.